Friday, April 9, 2010
It was no ordinary April Fools night as I attended a Young Survival Coalition Fundraiser in Boston. $800 was raised through raffles and karaoke to benefit this wonderful organization for young women facing breast cancer together. Also in attendance were Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2010, Brooke Bibeault, Miss Massachusetts USA 2010, Lacey Wilson, and Miss Delaware USA 2010, Julie Citro. For more information on this amazing organization for young women, please visit: http://www.youngsurvival.org/
On March 28, I attended the Lowell Devils Hockey game for the Ladies. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales went to the Mary Kay Ash Foundation dedicated to ending women's cancers and domestic violence. Also attending with me was Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2010, Brooke Bibeault, Miss Massachusetts National Teenager 2010, Kara Dodd, Miss Massachusetts National Miss 2010, Jessica Cookson, and Mrs. Rhode Island International 2010. To learn more about the Mary Kay Ash Foundation, please visit: http://www.mkacf.org/Pages/Home.aspx.
On March 27, I was at Lowell General Hospital for the TeamWalk for CancerCare 2010 Kick-Off for which I have been honored to be named the Honorary Chairperson. This was such an amazing event for me as I was able to meet many cancer patients who have been treated at the LGH Cancer Center, and to hear the amazing stories put such joy into my heart to be representing this wonderful cause. This walk raises money for patients in the local community for so many wonderful programs including rides to treatments should you need them, wigs and makeovers, and so many other services. To read my story and those of others who have been touched by the LGH Cancer Center and TeamWalk, please visit: http://www.lowellgeneral.org/services-and-specialties/cancer-center/teamwalk-for-cancercare/teamwalk-stories
On March 21, I attended the Massachusetts and Maine United States Pageants in Portland. I had the opportunity to see old friends (Miss Massachusetts USA 2010, Lacey Wilson, Mrs. Maine United States 2009, Jessica Radley, Mrs. Maine International 2010, Kelly Howe) and to witness the crownings of the new Teen and Miss delegates who will go onto the national United States Pageants. The highlight of the evening for me was meeting former Boston College Heisman Trophy Winner and Patriots Quaterback, Doug Flutie. He and his wife were there to cheer on their daughter who won the Miss Massachusetts United States Pageant. He and his wife were such gracious people never turning anyone away for an autograph or picture and taking the time to talk to anyone who approached. The Flutie family created the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism. For more information on this wonderful organization, please visit their website at http://www.flutiefoundation.org/.
On March 20, I attended the 3rd Annual Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell Gala at the Tewksbury Country Club. This event raises money for build projects taking place in the Greater Lowell area, currently the builds are located on Great Road in Bedford, Massachusetts. The evening consisted of honoring the many people who make these builds possible, great dinner, a performance by Dancing with Realtors, and introduction of the Foy and Wiggins families who are currently are residents and residents to be at the Bedford location, a live auction with Billy Costa of Kiss 108FM and TV Diner. After all was said and done, $16,000 was raised and I know that this money will be well spent to help families in need homes and the current build projects. I was amazed by how many people from the Habitat organization came by to thank me for all I've done with them on helping with the planning of this event as well as participating in the build. Even Christine Odom of Habitat International came over to introduce herself and thank me. It was truly and incredible feeling and knowing that I gave my time to a wonderful organization. I am looking forward to the first week in May when all building for that week will be done by women only! I will keep you posted on that as I will be taking part in the build myself on May 5.
I was honored to be a judge at the Massachusetts and New Hampshire America's National Teenager Pageant for 2010 on March 14. Not only did I have the opportunity to work with some amazing judges, but I met the most incredible group of girls. We were so impressed during the interview process at how these girls can incorporate school, sports, activities, life, and community service into their lives and balance it all out. The impressive part of this pageant system is that the girls must have a strong scholastic background with proof of GPA as well as a strong committment to community service. Instead of having a fitness or swimsuit competition, these girls had to decorate a pair of jeans to speak to their personality. These jeans were so creative that you could not wait to see the next girl come out and see what her design of choice was. Massachusetts and New Hampshire will be represented very well at this year's America's National Teenager Pageant! I can't wait to see how our girls do! Good luck to them all and may each have the most incredible year!